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Humphreys, Heather

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Registration of Births

Was asked: her plans for the inclusion of babies who are stillborn before 24 weeks and or under 500g in weight to be included on the still birth register; her plans for those babies to receive a certificate o...More Button

The relevant legislation in this area is the Stillbirths Registration Act 1994 which applies to a child born weighing 500 grammes or more or having a gestational age of 24 weeks or more who shows n...More Button

Fuel Allowance

Was asked: the number of persons in receipt of the fuel allowance; the number of applications for the fuel allowance; the number of refusals for the fuel allowance over the past three years; and if she will m...More Button

Fuel Allowance is a means tested payment to assist pensioners and other long-term social welfare dependent householders with their winter heating costs. The payment is a contribution towards heati...More Button

Current figures indicate that approximately 372,000 households are in receipt of Fuel Allowance. Those who qualified for Fuel Allowance last year automatically receive the payment again this year...More Button

Due to the payment of Fuel Allowance across different IT platforms, accurate numbers of claims received and disallowed are not readily obtainable. However, based on the information available, ap...More Button

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. More Button

Was asked: the price substitute between bituminous smoky coal and smokeless coal; if the fuel allowance will be increased to take into account any prohibition of the sale of bituminous smoky coal, wet wood an...More Button

The Fuel Allowance is a payment of €28.00 per week for 28 weeks (a total of €784 each year) from October to April, to over 372,000 low income households, at an estimated cost of €300 million in 202...More Button

Disability Allowance

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 988 of 24 March 2021, if a request for an appeal of a decision in respect of a person (details supplied) has been received by her Department to date; and if sh...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered with that office on 19 March 2021. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to s...More Button

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if entitlement to the disability allowance will be reviewed in the case of a person (details supplied); if allowance will be made for the funds being set aside and managed by their parents for thei...More Button

Social welfare legislation provides that, for social assistance schemes, all income and capital (such as savings, investments and property other than the family home) belonging to the claimant and ...More Button

School Meals Programme

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) has not been selected for the school meals scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,557 schools and organisations benefitting 227,000 children. The objective of the programme is to provide regular...More Button

As part of Budget 2019, funding was provided for a pilot scheme from September 2019, providing hot school meals in primary schools at a cost of €1m for 2019 and €2.5m in 2020. The pilot involved...More Button

In Budget 2021, I announced that an additional €5.5m would be provided to extend the provision of hot school meals to an additional 35,000 primary school children, currently receiving the cold lu...More Button

The 35,000 places were allocated to each local authority area based on the number of children applied by local authority as a percentage of the total number. A minimum of one School for each Loca...More Button

As a result of this process, 189 of the 281 schools that submitted an expression of interest were selected, including 4 schools in County Clare, and the 596 children attending these schools will ...More Button

Unfortunately, Scoil Chríost Rí, Ennis was not selected and I appreciate that this is disappointing for the school. Please be assured of my Department’s support and that the current cold lunch o...More Button

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.More Button

Food Poverty

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to a report (details supplied); the steps her Department is taking to address food poverty in the area; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have read the report provided by the Deputy which documents the challenges posed in the Finglas area by COVID-19 and related restrictions.More Button

I can confirm that the Department of Social Protection is helping communities to address food poverty in the Finglas and wider Dublin 11 community through the School Meals programme and Fund for ...More Button

Last year following the closure of the schools as a result of the pandemic restrictions, concern was raised that children from disadvantaged backgrounds might not receive nutritious meals outside...More Button

Under the School Meals programme, the Department of Social Protection has committed nearly €1.8 million to 28 schools and organisations in Dublin 11, during the 2020/21 school year. This benefit...More Button

FoodCloud is the primary Partner Organisation to deliver the food element of the FEAD Programme and they are responsible for the procurement and storage of the FEAD products, and coordinating col...More Button

Looking at food poverty on a broader scale, the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025 was published in 2020 and is the national strategy aimed at reducing poverty and increasing social inclusion...More Button

The Roadmap includes a specific commitment for the development of a programme of work to further explore the drivers of food poverty and to identify mitigating actions. With this in mind, I inte...More Button

I thank the Deputy for her question and hope this clarifies the matter.More Button

Living Alone Allowance

Was asked: if a living alone increase will be backdated in the case of a person (details supplied).More Button

According to the records of my Department, the person concerned was awarded State Pension (contributory) from 22/08/2012, when they reached 66 years of age. At that time they were also awarded an ...More Button

Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: if an exception will be made in the case of a person (details supplied). More Button

Was asked: if and the reason changes were made in 2019 to the operational rules of community employment supervisor pay scales; the reason community employment supervisors on a higher pay point who have their ...More Button

Was asked: further to previous parliamentary questions, the reason for the delay in accommodating an association (details supplied) relative to its interest in being included in an existing community employme...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if an application for basic supplementary welfare will be re-examined in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme is the safety net within the overall social welfare system in that it provides assistance to eligible people in the State whose means are insufficie...More Button

JobsPlus Scheme

Was asked: if flexibility will be introduced in the eligibility criteria for the JobsPlus scheme to assist persons who have been out of work in getting back into employment; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

JobsPlus is a subsidy paid to employers who recruit long-term unemployed people for new positions in their workplace. Employers can avail of JobsPlus when filling new positions or positions that ar...More Button

Was asked: if an appeals process will be introduced for unsuccessful applicants for the JobsPlus scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

JobsPlus is a subsidy paid to employers who recruit long-term unemployed people for new positions in their workplace. Employers can avail of JobsPlus when filling new positions or positions that ar...More Button

Free Travel Scheme

Was asked: if the entitlement to the free travel scheme at 66 years of age is dependent on a person being in receipt of the State pension; the reason this is a requirement given the scheme clearly states that...More Button

The Free Travel scheme provides free travel on the main public and private transport services for those eligible under the scheme. These include road, rail and ferry services provided by companies...More Button

Departmental Data

Was asked: if she will provide a breakdown of the higher executive officers, administration officers, assistant principal officers, principal officers and assistant secretaries in her Department by gender in ...More Button

The below tables provide a breakdown of the higher executive officers, administration officers, assistant principal officers, principal officers and assistant secretaries in my Department by gender...More Button

Was asked: if a schedule will be provided of the data sets, databases and file types her Department has shared with the Department of Health since 2000.More Button

My Department shares data with the Department of Health, primarily for the purpose of assisting with the delivery of services to their customers. However, it is not possible to provide an inventor...More Button

Was asked: if a schedule will be provided of the data sets, databases and file types her Department has shared with the Department of Health since 2000.More Button

General Data Protection Regulation

Was asked: the number of complaints her Department has received from members of the public under the heading of GDPR and data information requests since 2018 to date in 2021; the number of data information re...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below:

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Was asked: the number of complaints her Department has received from members of the public under the heading of GDPR and data information requests since 2018 to date in 2021; the number of data information re...More Button

My Department has not received any complaints from members of the public under the heading of GDPR in the timeframe set out. The annual figures for data information requests, also known as subject ...More Button

Calafoirt agus Céanna

Mar is eol don Teachta is iad Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe atá freagrach as Cé Inis Oírr agus is iadsan a bheidh ag tabhairt faoi aon phróiseas tairisceana. Tá mo Roinn agus an Comhairle Chontae ...More Button

Pléadh an cás gnó ag cruinniú don ghrúpa ard-bhainistíochta na Roinne an t-seachtain seo, agus tá i gceist agam a gcuid tuairimí maidir leis an gcás a mheas i ndiaidh briseadh na Cásca.More Button

Tá teagmháil rialta idir oifigigh na Roinne agus oifigigh an Chomhairle Contae chun forbairt an Chalaidh Mhóir in Inis Meáin, a phlé.

  I 2020 chuir mo Roinn maoiniú ar fáil do C...More Button

Departmental Staff

Was asked: if she will provide a breakdown of the higher executive officers, administration officers, assistant principal officers, principal officers and assistant secretaries in her Department by gender in ...More Button

The below table provides a breakdown of staff at the grade of higher executive officers, administration officers, assistant principal officers, principal officers and assistant secretaries in this ...More Button

Community Development Projects

Was asked: the organisations and groups supported by the scheme to support national organisations in the community and voluntary sector; the funding each has received from 1 January 2020 to date; and if she w...More Button